SKELTON - IN - CLEVELAND
"WE WILL REMEMBER THEM"
Private WILLIAM DOWEY.
200841 (3177) 4th Bn, Yorkshire
who died, aged 20, on the 23rd April
Son of Mrs. Mary Lena Dowey, of 13,
Prospect Place, Skelton-in-Cleveland, Yorks.
At the census of 1901 William, aged 4, was living at 13 Prospect
Place and had been born in Skelton.
His father, Joseph, also from Skelton, was an Ironstone miner and
presumably had pre-deceased William.
William's mother came from South Bank, N Yorks.
He had two sisters, Annie 6 and Hilda 1.
The 4th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment were formed in August 1914 in
They became part of the 150th Brigade, 50th (Northumbrian) Division.
After landing at Boulogne on the 14th May 1915, the Division took part
in most of the actions on the Western Front.
The Arras memorial commemorates 35,000 men who died in this area and
have no known grave.
One of the most important campaigns in which the BEF was engaged, yet
in comparison with the Somme of 1916 and Passchendaele of 1917,
terribly neglected by historians.
The British Army launched a large-scale attack at Arras as part of a
master plan by the new French Commander in Chief Robert Nivelle.
Although initially successful, it soon bogged down as with most and
became a terribly costly affair, as with most.
The British attack was against the formidable Hindenburg Line, to which
the enemy had recently made a strategic withdrawal.
The battle can be considered to be composed of a number of phases: the
Battle of Vimy and the First Battle of the Scarpe were the opening
The Second and Third Battle of the Scarpe and the final Battle of
Bullecourt and other actions against the
Hindenburg Line concluded the fighting.
William Dowey was killed in action at this time.
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